Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr

 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Honorable Sterling Johnson, Jr., presides over more than 500 civil and criminal cases in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to his federal appointment, Judge Johnson was an attorney for 30 years, specializing in drug enforcement and the prosecution of narcotics cases. As the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, Judge Johnson supervised assistant district attorneys and investigators responsible for the preparation and prosecution of more than 7000 criminal cases. He has been a guest lecturer at many American universities and law schools, as well as in various countries throughout the world.
 
EDUCATION
B.A., Brooklyn College, 1963
LL.B, Brooklyn Law School, 1966
 
EXPERIENCE
United States District Judge
Eastern District of New York
1991 to present
Presides over civil and criminal cases. Member of committee created by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to address the problems of prison overcrowding.
 
UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION, Commissioner
1999 to 2002
Establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal judiciary. Advised and assisted congress and the executive branch in the development of effective crime policies.
 
SPECIAL NARCOTICS PROSECUTOR
New York City
1975 to 1991
Investigated and prosecuted narcotic and narcotic-related cases. Supervised over 100 attorneys and 50 support staff.
 
EXECUTIVE LIAISON OFFICER
Drug Enforcement Administration
1974 to 1975
Monitored overseas enforcement programs as Special Assistant to the Administrator.
 
CAPTAIN, UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE,
Judge Advocate General
1974 to 1991
 
CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD, Executive Director
New York City Police Department
1970 to 1974
Investigated allegations of misconduct against members of the New York City Police Department and referred substantiated cases to the appropriate District Attorney or Police Commissioner. Supervised 50 investigators and 75 support staff.
 
ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Southern District of New York
1967 to 1970
Investigated and prosecuted criminal matters referred by federal enforcement agencies. Prepared appeals that were to be argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
POLICE OFFICER
New York City Police Department
1956 to 1967
 
As a patrolman, detective, and sergeant, responsibilities included investigations in the Patrol Division, Juvenile Aid Bureau, Youth Squad, Detective Division, and Narcotics Division.
United States Marine Corps
Enlisted
1952 to 1955
 
LECTURE EXPERIENCE
Harvard Law School (Guest Professor in Trial Advocacy Program)
Hofstra Law School
Emory Law School
Rutgers Law School
St. John's Law School
Brooklyn Law School
New York Law School
New York University
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York City Police Department Policy Academy
Voice of America, Washington, D.C.
Lecturer in the following countries:
Pakistan
Italy
Argentina
Jamaica
Trinidad
Brazil
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Venezuela
Barbados
Surinam
Guyana
Fiji Island
Philippines
Thailand
Virgin islands
Malaysia
Singapore
MEMBER OF THE BAR
State of New York
United States Supreme Court
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Court of International Trade
Court of Military Appeals
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP and AFFILIATIONS
United States Sentencing Commission
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
National Black Prosecutors Association
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
New York State District Attorneys Association
National District Attorneys Association
Police Athletic League
Advisory Board - National Institute of Justice (Drug Use Forecasting)
Kitchen Cabinet - National Drug Czar
Presidential Drug Advisory Council
Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial And Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
National Conference of Federal Trial Judges - Executive Committee
American Bar Association
Task Force, on Minorities in the Judiciary

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